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Why the WLF

Why the WLF

The WLF recruits and engages women in Democratic politics. Research shows that women are less likely than men to run for public office or participate in political fundraising. The WLF works to eliminate gender disparity in politics by encouraging women to join the program and support the Democratic Party because it is the party that fights for women. The WLF ensures that women’s voices and values continue to be represented by our Party leadership. Through your support of the DNC’s WLF, we can help recruit more Democratic women to run for office throughout the nation.

Support for women candidates

Through your support of the WLF, we will be able to recruit more Democratic women to run for office. The WLF works to close the gender gap by raising funds for the DNC, which, in turn, engages women activists at the grassroots level.

Closing the gender gap in Presidential Fundraising Ranks

The WLF works to close the fundraising gender gap by focusing its fundraising efforts on women. Historically, men dominated the fundraising ranks and outnumbered women bundlers. Female candidates also raised less than their male counterparts. But we are thrilled to see the tide is turning due to strong women who have added their name to ballots across the country and with the help of organizations like the WLF.

Recent Updates
  • On National Equal Pay Day

    On National Equal Pay Day, we are reminded of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate women equally. Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than $430,000 in lost compensation for her, her family, and our economy. For Hispanic and African American women, the gap is shamefully even greater.

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  • Advice to my younger self

    When the DNC Women's Caucus met at the DNC Winter Meeting earlier this month, we asked the members to share advice they would give their younger selves. Aside from the fact that we all need a good pair of stretchy pants sometimes, I would advise my younger self to never feel alone because you are standing on some of the strongest shoulders out there – the women who have worked to make this world a place where you can succeed. Here is more advice from some of those women:

  • Reflections in celebration of Women’s History Month

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll be sharing thoughts from Democratic leaders throughout March. I started things off by reflecting on my inspirations and what I’ve learned from the women around me.

    I was inspired by my mom and my grandma who instilled in me as early as I can remember that I could grow up and be anything I wanted to be.

    1. What woman inspired you?

    I was inspired by my mom and my grandma who instilled in me as early as I can remember that I could grow up and be anything I wanted to be. They lead by example, balancing work and family and giving me the values that helped me understand that because we were fortunate, it was our responsibility to give back to the community.

    2. Why are you a Democrat?

    I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party stands for inclusion, equality, and opportunity and that means empowerment for all Americans to achieve anything they can dream, if they work hard and play by the rules. I’m a Democrat because I believe that government can be part of the solution and isn’t all of the problem.

    3. What advice would you give your younger self?

    I would advise my younger self not to sweat the small stuff, to not put off for tomorrow what can be done today and to remember to be a sister to other women because helping others succeed helps all women succeed.

    Name: Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    State: Florida

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